Arctia Caja, the Garden Tiger Moth.
A bold bright moth, once common, but now
no longer found where I live in the UK.
According to the Butterfly Conservation organisation, Tiger Moths are in decline,
by 92% since 1968.
John Keats uses the markings of the moth to describe the effects of moonlight through a stained glass window…
“…Innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d wings…”
in his poem Eve of St Agnes
The popular 1930’s trainer bi-plane designed by
Geoffrey De Havilland was called Tiger Moth,
also two monoplanes by De Havilland were built in
1927 with that name too.
An illustration- my small tribute to the beautiful GardenTiger Moths of my childhood.